I will post a few conclusions from my recent experiment about using the fediverse as an organizing medium. Each conclusion will be a separate toot, posted as I figure them out.

This might take a day or three. And then that will be the end of my planned experiment.

If anybody else has followed along and has some conclusions to offer, and you are following the @organizingInFedi group, just use the hashtag (don't need to mention the group).

@bhaugen @organizingInFedi

How about a social.coop happy hour session on the subject of groups and social.coop? We could look at your experiments as well as , which is also in the fediverse...

@Matt_Noyes @organizingInFedi
I'd be good with that but would like another couple of days to wrap up this experiment. Had some distractions yesterday and a few more today and tomorrow. I'll commit to wrapping up by Thursday latest.

@bhaugen @organizingInFedi

Take your time! Just hoping to learn from your work. I know @mike_hales has been thinking about this. Also @nicksellen's work with Karrot seems relevant, thought I don't know if Karrot is in the fediverse?

@Matt_Noyes @organizingInFedi @mike_hales @nicksellen

I spent a week in Karrot. Didn't have anybody I work with there, so the experience was limited, but it seemed ok and @nicksellen is serious.

One diff between me and maybe everybody I talk to about these issues, especially @mike_hales , is I am on the scent of integrated information and want to see how it can happen and what it can enable. And I could always be wrong. But I think Mike's pal Ward Cunningham is pursuing the same scent...

@bhaugen What if somebody is a member of two or more groups which use #conclusions hashtag?

They will be posting something completely unrelated to other groups?

Don't know. I expect that might happen. But I think it would only happen if somebody was a member of both groups and then posted some - in which case it might be confusing.

@organizingInFedi will only boost your posts with group hashtags if you are following that group. Or at least that's how I think it works...

I visited Karrot but had a strong sense that, whatever it is for, it's something that I don't have a lot of interest in. Some kind of chatting gossip ad hoc match making? Something somehow different from my own sense of what *organising* is. Something 'values based' or some club?

Odd I should say that, having just spent a month in a dating site, and found an absolute perfect companion! But then, I was conducting a campaign, not just wanting to chat!
@nicksellen @organizingInFedi

@mike_hales can I check you're referring the Karrot that is accessible at karrot.world ? I can't relate to your description very easily, so firstly I actually wonder if it's a different thing entirely you came across! If it is the same Karrot, then I'd be very interested to hear what gave you that impression? Thanks!

@bhaugen @organizingInFedi

Hi Nick, yes that was the instance.

I think the thing is, what I saw in Karrot seemed to be groups and individuals wanting to hook up with kindred spirits, kind-of 'affinity group' fashion. And this didn't resonate with me, as something I would want to be doing as an organiser. 'Too open'?

I don't mean to say this is a bad thing, or not worth providing a platform for. But rather, not something that for me comes top of the heap in commitments of time.
@bhaugen @organizingInFedi

Righly or mistakenly, I think it triggered feelings I have about some green networks, or 'transition' networks, where there may be a search for friends and moral kinship, while failing to engage with some brutalities or complexities of aligning action across fierlds that don't necessarily engage easily with each other. This is a stereotype I'm sure, but I've seen instances.
One more para . .
@bhaugen @organizingInFedi

I guess I feel that 'anything goes' openness of exchange is probably not productive, and some moderately sharp focus is called for, to justify infrastructure effort. A contradiction! But there's a difference between a movement organisation and a free market in conversations loosely organised by 'shared values'. Social media can do THAT (at a cost).

OK, maybe something of the vanguardist revolutionary speaking here πŸ™„ O dear, I better examine my soul
@bhaugen @organizingInFedi

What @bhaugen said here social.coop/@bhaugen/107091099 is also probably something that I felt. I did see the attentiveness that was being given to helping network participants.

@mike_hales to my mind, we exactly focus on many of your critiques of the green networks :) ...

It's not primarily a chat platform, but a more-specific-organising tool, "who is going to do what when", accountability around that, democratic agreement features, conflict resolution, roles, understanding how people come in/leave the group, become responsible, step back...

We're evolving an understanding of how groups can organise in a commons/democratic way.


@bhaugen @organizingInFedi

@mike_hales it might be that the time you spent in Karrot was in the "meta" groups, which perhaps are people who are exploring and networking around ideas and this kinship thing?

But the actual groups themselves are often doing some very effective commons resource organising, of which Karrot is just one tool available they might use.


@bhaugen @organizingInFedi

@mike_hales I think we might need to grow towards the friends/kinship aspect, as an important part of the wider network. The pathway between that and focused organising is an important bit to understand.

What can happen is groups organise on general purpose chat platforms, and if they want to organise more specifically, they move to corporate/domination-based tooling that does not embody their values.

That's what we try to be an alternative for.


@bhaugen @organizingInFedi

@mike_hales one aspect I increasingly feel is to not put my longing for our salvation in the tooling (or any one thing). The transition into another way is a deep process, and I want to avoid the sense that if we make Just The Right Tool that it will lead us there :)

There is a lot of learning we've got from how the groups use Karrot, which isn't visible externally as much as would be nice, although we're hoping to get some of that work supported one day.


@bhaugen @organizingInFedi

@mike_hales I'm not actually far from Brighton now, so in the spirit of hooking up with a kindred spirit, I would cycle that way and suggest to hang out and chat more about this, but alas my route/schedule will take me up to London instead.

Hope that gives a bit more help/understanding/context!

5/5 done!

@bhaugen @organizingInFedi


It would be great to meet and chat. When you can land in Brighton (or some place within say 10 miles). Meanwhile, it's good to have provoked your further ifnromation and reflection, thanks.

Yes, I think I was in the meta levels, and didn't commit a lot of time to discovering the scope of what's being done in Karrot.

@bhaugen @organizingInFedi

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The thing about 'Salvation thro Just the Right Tool' is very familiar. We face it in meet.coop too.

Regarding how groups use the platform, we've now embarked on our programme, commons.hour. We reckon on a year, before we might be in a position to really make a proper relationship between devs/admins and users, and really facilitate our users commitments.
@bhaugen @organizingInFedi

I could see that live organizations doing collaborative work were using Karrot for some coordination.

I was just not part of any of those orgs. If I had been, I would have gotten much more of the experience.

The orgs seemed to be local to some place. We are talking to some local groups about some organizing and may get our own experience some time soonish. Will probably try Bonfire because we want federation, but Karrot could be in the running.

@nicksellen @organizingInFedi

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